Talking Street trial continues, parklets to be removed

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Two parklets which were temporarily installed in Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, as part of the Talking Street trial project will be removed this Thursday (23 September).

“Unfortunately there has been ongoing anti-social behaviour in the parklets during the trial which has escalated significantly and is now occurring at all hours of the day and night,” Council’s Director Sustainability, Environment and Economy, Shannon Burt said.

“The parklets were intended to provide some much-needed shady public space in Mullumbimby’s town centre and offer seating to encourage talking, connecting and relaxing.

We understand that some people are no longer feeling welcome or safe to use these temporary public spaces. We also apologise to the surrounding shops and residences who have been reporting ongoing noise and nuisance issues,” Ms Burt said.

“We have made considerable efforts to find new locations for at least one of the parklets on Burringbar Street, in a more commercially active space however at this time shop owners are concerned that locating the parklets in the town centre might add to some of issues that are occurring in town.

“It’s a complex and sensitive issue and Council’s Public Space Liaison Officers will be working with those impacted by removal of this space,” Ms Burt said.

The two parklets will be stored at Council’s depot while an assessment of other suitable locations around the Shire are considered.

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